Rear-end accidents can happen between two vehicles, or between a vehicle and a bicycle, or a vehicle and a pedestrian. They happen often and are commonly reported accidents in the state of Wisconsin. The combination of tailgating and other irresponsible behavior such as excess speed, distracted driving, and drunk driving can easily lead to a rear-end crash. The driver at fault of a rear-end crash should be held liable for the damages. This includes property damage and any injuries the other driver and his passengers may have suffered. Proving who is at fault is always the burning question.
Who Is At Fault In a Rear End Crash?
In virtually all cases involving a rear-end collision, or a rear-end-accident, the person who was rear ended is not likely responsible for the accident. The responsibility for the accident is almost always placed on the person who rear ended the vehicle in front. Normally these types of car crashes happen when there is not enough safe distance between the front of one car and the back of the car in front of them. However, assumptions will not hold up in court and no insurance company is going to pay out unless there are facts to support the claim.
In a smaller number of cases, liability for the accident may be on the driver who was in front. Here are some examples:
- The driver in back couldn't safely get around the front driver who was driving recklessly; it was impossible to avoid hitting them.
- In a multi-vehicle crash, a third vehicle strikes a car from the side or behind, pushing it into another vehicle.
- The driver in back had a safe distance between vehicles, but the front suddenly stops in traffic without warning.
- The driver in back had a safe distance between vehicles, but weather conditions such as snow or rain made it impossible to stop.
Common Rear-End Accident Injuries
Getting hit from behind can cause a wide range of injuries. Here are the most common injuries that result from this type of accident:
- Neck or back injuries
- Closed head injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe bruises from seatbelts
- Injuries from airbags
If you have been injured in a rear-end accident, turn to our experienced legal team at Action Law Offices. We have been handling personal injury and car accidents for over 20 years. This background allows us to be aggressive advocates for our clients, pursuing the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered, as well as lost wages and medical expenses.
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